Office for the Aging

Susan Koppenhaver, Director

1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
Fax: 845-340-3583

It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist and empower older adults and their families to live as independently as possible, with dignity and purpose.

Ulster County will strive to reach more older adults and expand upon its current services by bringing them to remote and  underserved areas of the County.  This includes new educational health promotion, service enrollment and senior advocacy program opportunities so they can stay in, and contribute to, their community.

To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.

PLEASE NOTE: DURING SEASON OF BAD WEATHER, THE ULSER COUNTY SENIOR HUB AND OTHER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS WE PLAN MAY BE AFFECTED. ALL CLOSINGS OF THE ULSTER COUNTY SENIOR HUB FOR ACTIVITIES WILL COINCIDE WITH KINGSTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSINGS, WHETHER THEY BE A TWO HOUR DELAY (MORNING ACTIVITIES WILL BE CANCELLED) OR SCHOOL CLOSURE (ALL OFFICE FOR THE AGING SCHEULDED ACTIVITES AND EVENTS CANCELLED). PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 845-340-3456 IF YOU ARE UNSURE.  

For Community Cafe's: PLEASE NOTE THAT GATEWAY HUDSON VALLEY WILL MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CAFÉ SITES THE MORNING OF BAD WEATHER. Click here for Community Café winter weather closing policy.

If you are not feeling well please stay home. In addition, appointments may be made ahead of time by calling 845-340-3456.

 

 

Dear Ulster County Seniors!

Here we are in January already! We do tend to schedule fewer events, as we must rely on non-snowy days to hold them! However, our Ulster County Senior Hub will continue to be open for lunches as well as all of our dining sites; and games, chess, exercise and meetings, including tech classes, offering you many opportunities to get better with your devices, laptops, tablets, etc. will start up again in January. 

We are busy working on the Lunch and Learn schedule for 2023!  We have lots of good ideas, and want to bring different and useful speakers to you and your community.  We always welcome suggestions, too!

We are looking for folks who might want to explore becoming a caregiver for those families that need Respite as we discover there are some new respite opportunities opening up in the County.  Some have regular times and others will be periodic, or maybe an afternoon once a month.  However it plays out, these programs are badly needed for the thousands of unpaid family caregivers in this state who need breaks and rest from their duties taking care of loved ones.  Please consider this – we offer training and support.

We had a great year in 2022, presenting information and programs in various communities where we had not been recently or in the past.  We brought services to seniors where they live, offered exercise and evidenced-based programming all over the County, led fun times through many Bingo games in different locations, held many Lunch & Learns everywhere, and increased several services toward seniors in general. We hope to do even better in 2023!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, with lots of good Health to go along with it!

Susan Koppenhaver
Director

 

 

 

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Appointments should be made at https://vaccinateulster.com/. Walk-ins at Ulster County Point of Dispensing (POD) Best Buy site in Kingston, NY on Friday’s from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., but appointments being highly recommended due to demand. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are recommended for the following people who received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months prior:

A Johnson & Johnson booster is recommended for anyone 18 and older who is two or more months from having received the vaccine.  Some research indicates that an mRNA vaccine booster may benefit those who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It is recommended that people who received a Pfizer or Moderna series receive a booster of the same vaccine.The Moderna booster dose is half the amount of a first, second, or additional dose. However, if the same vaccine is not available or if a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to the FDA and CDC.Consult with your primary care physician to determine what is the best option for COVID-19 booster for you.   

 

 

Recovery Service Center 845-443-8888  RSC[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has established the Recovery Service Center in the wake of COVID-19.  The Recovery Service Center will assist the public on a wide range of topics including: helping direct callers to county and community resources and will allow callers to submit general inquiries and complaints.  The hotline will be able to assist callers with programs and services related to: food, housing, mental health support, employment, business, as well as continuing COVID-19 assistance. The RSC hotline will be available Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 

New York State GetSetUp free online classes for Seniors at https://www.getsetup.io/partner/NYSTATE

 

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